British comedic actor Ricky Gervais has decided to launch a scathing attack at bloggers for their lukewarm reviews of his new film, David Brent: Life on the Road. The comedy has just hit cinemas and although the overall reception has been mixed, the creator of The Office decided not to pull any punches during one blunt interview.
As reported by Yahoo, Gervais spoke directly with the New Zealand Herald as he did the rounds to promote the picture through an overseas junket. Responding to those that criticized it for being one-paced, one dimensional and predictable, the former host of the Golden Globes gave a frank opinion of those people and their credentials.
Agro Gervais Gets Personal With Reviewers
"No teenager living in his parents' basement can affect the life of a person floating on a lilo in his own pool," began the comedian. "If someone way back had said to me: 'Okay. Ricky, you're nearly 40. You have an average job. Soon you're going to be incredibly famous, and have money beyond what you could ever imagine, and be friends with Bowie, but every so often some blogger is going to say something mean about you. Do you want it or not?'... Yes!"
Gervais finished the interview being somewhat more philosophical about the situation. "I think if you're doing anything interesting you must polarize. And people who like you, they like people not liking you 'cause it makes them feel smart. And the people who don’t like you hate people liking you. People who don’t like you don’t want anyone to like you."
Office Spin Off Might Be The End Of The Character
The film is a movie adaptation and sequel to the original series of The Office which berthed an American version and now a motion picture. David Brent catapulted Gervais into the elite level of comedic actors and helped the performer to go onto projects such as Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, An Idiot Abroad and Life's Too Short.
Given the public's response to this 2016 production, it appears as though the awkward shtick so synonymous with the character has run its course. Now fatigue could well play a factor in ending David Brent for good - both on the small and big screen. Watch this space.